Nailing It: Building A National Movement of Nail Salon Workers

Thursday, June 25, 2015 -
2:45pm to 5:00pm EDT
Open Society Foundations, 224 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019
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On virtually every street corner in the city sits a nail salon, a burgeoning industry that glamorizes the fingertips of half the City’s residents. And behind the glam are women who most often are paid less than the cost of the bottle of nail polish for a 12 hour day. For their labor, they gain respiratory infections and miscarriages. While recent public attention has focused on NYC leading to new rules governing the nail salon industry, what happens in NY should not stay in New York. This is a classic tale, updated at the crossroads of immigration, worker rights, reproductive and environmental justice. 
This session examines work on the ground at the local and national levels that positions nail salon workers nationally to bring together a cross section of the most important issues of our day.  Join us in exploring the complexities of a wage caste system unprotected by U.S. labor laws, with environmental toxins amidst an industry of predominantly immigrant family owned businesses. 
  • An intersectional frame that connects immigrant rights, women’s economic security, environmental justice and worker safety to low wage workers rights
  • A local organization that was instrumental in the recent attention for nail salon workers
  • Thenational campaign for Healthy Nail Salon workers
  • How nail salon and other personal care workers are part of the larger care movement


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2:45 PM - 3:00 PM Check-in
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Program
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